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Single Idea 19024

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 3. Types of Properties]

Full Idea

The crucial feature of the determinates / determinables relation is that to possess the determinable property, an object must possess exactly one of the determinate properties.

Gist of Idea

A determinate property must be a unique instance of the determinable class


Barbara Vetter (Potentiality [2015], 5.7.2)

Book Reference

Vetter,Barbara: 'Potentiality: from Dispositions to Modality' [OUP 2015], p.178

A Reaction

This sounds like a determinable being a function, and the determinate being its output. If 'scarlet' is a determinate of the determinables 'red' or 'coloured', it is not obvious that there is only one possible shade of scarlet. This schema oversimplifies.